2020 Holiday Fitness Challenge

Ok, 2020 hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. Perhaps you’ve even added the COVID 15. And now the Holidays are upon us and the days begin to run together with more stress, less free time and more opportunities to eat and drink.

Enter the Holiday Fitness Challenge. It’s a 3 week team challenge designed to give you a little motivation and accountability to take better care of yourself in that time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Form your own 4 person team with friends, family members or coworkers. Just be sure to choose your teammates wisely as you’ll be rowing the same boat for 3 solid weeks!


You’ll form a 4-person team and choose a captain (if you don’t have a team and want to be assigned to one, just let us know via email or by submitting the form with an X in the fields for additional team member). We strongly suggest pairing up with friends, family, or coworkers as being on a team with other people you know helps a lot with accountability and making the contest fun. That said, don’t worry if you don’t have a team – if you sign up as a free agent we’ll add you to a team so you can still participate.


Once you’re signed up, your team captain will enter each team member’s exercise and food foul points each day by noon beginning on Monday, November 30th. Exercise points will add to your team’s total and food fouls will subtract from it. The contest will run through Friday, December 18th.

As in past years, we will be splitting the teams into 3 flights. Which one best describes you and your team members?

Pro Division – You are obsessively competitive and aren’t afraid to break into the gym to earn points or run at midnight.

Real Folks Division – You’re down for a little competition, but circumstances prevent you from exercising more than four hours per day (Those in the pro division would call them “excuses”). Whatever.

Party Division – You could use a little encouragement to get into the gym and stay on track during the holidays

Sign your team up!


Since we are not big fans of paperwork, we’re going to simplify the process. You’ll make sure to get your exercise point total and food foul total to your captain as soon as possible. If you’re the captain of your team, you’ll be sent a form you’ll complete each day with each team member’s points included. Be sure to report your previous day’s points by noon or receive an auto -1000 score per non-reporting person. Here’s how we suggest that you do it:

  • Each team member sets an alarm for the end of their day reminding them to submit their score to their captain.
  • Each team member sends their daily result to the team captain at the end of the day.
  • The captain wakes up, sees each team member’s email, then enters the data into the reporting form, taking all of maybe 90 seconds and easily submitting their team’s score before the noon deadline.


*Important Note. We are shamelessly plugging our online training programs and virtual services here by awarding a 50% bump in points if you take advantage of any of our online or in-person offerings. Check out our online offerings here or email us at info@drivenaustin.com to set up a virtual workout!

Walking/running – 100 per mile *This is not “daily steps”. This would be any walking you do that is more than just around the office. If you elect to walk to lunch when you normally would drive, however, it counts!

Cycling – 25 per mile
Mountain Bike – 40 per mile
Any Driven workout (In person, virtual or using one of our online programs) – 600
Versaclimber – 15 per 100 feet
SkiErg – 8 per 100 meters
Rower – 8 per 100 meters
Yardwork – 175 per hour
Housework – 125 per hour
Golf (riding) – 250 per round
Elliptical – 125 per mile
Yoga/pilates – 250 per hour (350 for higher intensity versions)
General (Non-Driven) full body workout 400
Tennis/basketball, etc. – 500 per hour
Swimming – 300 per mile


The baseline is your normal diet minus any things that you already know are bad. Since the goal for this contest is to avoid letting your diet tank during the holidays, we are mainly concerned that you keep your diet from getting worse. While we want you to eat more vegetables, we aren’t asking you to consider “not enough vegetables” a foul (although you probably should).

PERFECT DAY (+100) – No food fouls. You’ve had a normal diet and abstained from any food fouls.
LEVEL 1 (-100) – A minor violation. This would be a normal day for most people. Maybe you had something you know wasn’t very healthy. Or perhaps you just had a little too much, even if it was good food. Single, small violations fit this category. But if you had two, you’ve moved to:
LEVEL 2 (-500) – Multiple minor violations. You haven’t been perfect, but you haven’t totally blown it, either. Generally 2-4 minor fouls.
LEVEL 3 (-1000) – An egregious violation, or just a really bad day. This happens when you’ve totally blown it. It may just be an epically bad meal, or it could be a mass of minor violations. If you’ve committed more violations than you can count easily, you’re in this category. If you have one of these days, you might as well enjoy it. -1000 is your score for this day, regardless of how bad it gets.

So that’s the deal. You’ll notice it will be a challenge to stay in positive territory, and on many days, you’ll lose ground. That’s where the team concept comes in. Pick up your teammates and when you’re struggling they’ll do the same!